Even before the disappearance of the famed Baader Genuine Orthoscopics in mid-2012, Baader Planetarium sought to develop a set of true Planetary eyepieces that was accessible for any amateur - without breaking their bank. Foregoing fancy (and costly) cosmetics, the new Classic Eyepieces deliver where it counts - performance. Their sharpness and contrast rival other 'planetary' eyepieces costing much more. To achieve this performance and value, Baader drew upon their extensive in-house knowledge and experience, combined with optical designs and processes leveraged from Zeiss.
Features of the new Classic Eyepieces:
- Optical design and manufacturing specs based on the highly regarded Zeiss Jena 0.965" orthoscopics (not any Japanese or Chinese makes).
- Fully multi-coated: All air-to-glass surfaces are coated with Baader's HT MultiCoatings, specifically matched to each substrate.
- Excellent ergonomics: The innovative recessed volcano top provides clearance for eyelashes and enables a comfortably located eyepoint without the stray light problems of a full volcano top.
- Integrated winged folding rubber eyecup: Eliminates distracting stray side-light, enabling full concentration on the object, as well as providing a thermally insulating and soft non-scratching top surface (ie, for eyeglass wearers). Also outstanding for BinoViewing. Rubber eyecup may be folded down or removed, if needed .
- 52-deg apparent field of view (6/10/18mm Orthoscopics): Makes finding and centering objects at high powers easier than typical 40-45deg eyepieces.
- Blackened lens edges; Parfocal.
- Threaded to accept standard 1.25" astronomy filters.
Jun 15, 2017
excellent planetary eyepiecePros: Cons: Comments:
I have other high quality eyepieces but heard great things about these specifically for planetary and lunar observing. The detail seen through these are amazing and I am very happy I tried them out. The only downside I can tell is the short eye relief but if you don't wear glasses these are excellent for detail.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comAug 4, 2014
Good quality eyepiecePros:
Accurate,Strong Construction,Quality Lenses,Easy to UseCons: Comments:
This is a great quality eyepiece. I can see more moon crater details with this eyepiece than a 20mm Meade super plossl. The image is bright and sharp in the center, but a little fuzzy around the edges in my f/4 reflector. But the 52 degree AFOV more than makes up for that, compared to other narrower 42 degree AFOV Orthos or 45 degree RKEs. The edge fuzzieness goes away when I put this eyepiece in my 5x Explorer Scientific Focal Extender for 125x magnification.
I wasn't sure about this eyepiece at first, but it's becoming one of my favorites. I like it so much, I bought the 10mm version too. I took away 1 star for 2 reasons. First, I didn't like the edge fuzziness at first. Second, I didn't like the winged eyecup at first either. But I'm getting used to it and it can come in handy.
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Apparent Field of View 52° Barrel Size 1.25" (31.7mm) Bolt Case Included Yes - Free Agena Eyepiece Container Bolt Case Size Agena 42x60mm Coatings HT Multi-Coated Design Orthoscopic Height (with Eye Guard) 2.22" (56.3mm) Max Width 1.37" (34.8mm) End Caps 2 Eye Lens Diameter 0.62" (15.8mm) Eye Relief by Design 14.7mm Field Stop Diameter 16.8mm Filter Threads Standard 1.25" Filter Thread (M28.5 x 0.6) Focal Length 18mm Lens Elements 4 Lens Groups 2 Parfocal Yes Rubber Eye Guard Yes (Winged) Blackened Lens Edges Yes Manufacturer Baader Planetarium Eyepiece Focal Length 15.1mm - 20mm Eyepiece Field of View 51 - 60 degrees Eyepiece Series Baader Classic Ortho/Plossl Barrel Type Smooth sided Eyepiece Weight 2.86oz (81.08g)